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  1. Amazing work, as usual!
  2. Thank you, very helpful. I had been on the site before but had not noticed the plans at the bottom. Most appreciated!
  3. Hi Everyone, My next build is going to be the USS Adams, described as a "screw gunboat and the lead ship of the Adams class, a single screw, wooden-hull, bark-rigged steamer." My great great grandfather was a marine serving aboard the Adams from 1892 - 1894. He also served aboard two of her sister ships, the USS Enterprise and the USS Pensacola from 1890 - 1892. I was wondering if I could ask the help of some of the more knowledgeable modelers on this site. I've been able to scale the ship from the profile picture included here and other descriptions about her length, beam and draft. But I haven't been able to find out a lot more about her configuration. The other pictures I've included here are the USS Enterprise, so I'm using these to approximate the Adams. Some of my questions are as follows (and it's fine with me if you take a guess, I'm not a 100% stickler for historical accuracy) The armaments are listed as 1 X 11 inch (280mm) gun, 4 X 9 inch (230mm) guns, 1 X 60 pounder Parrott rifle. I assume the 4 X 9inch guns are similar to the 4 guns on the carriages fore and aft of the main mast. 1) Do you think the Parrott rifle and the 11 inch guns are pivot guns similar to the one pictured? 2) Where do you think they would be mounted? Considering the the ship has an open gun deck, would they fire them up and over the gunwales, or would they have to be on the forecastle and the quarter deck? 3) How far would the forecastle and the quarter deck extend? Should I assume the mizzen mast is on the quarterdeck and the fore mast is on the forecastle? It looks like the forecastle extends almost up to the smoke stack. 4) It appears that the helm is on the main deck, in front of the quarter deck? 4) Have any tips on modeling convincing smoke from a smokestack that will hold up over time? 5) I've searched the web, but does anyone have any clues as to where I might find more details about the layout of the ship, or this class of ship? If you have any opinions to share, I thank you in advance.
  4. I love this! Thanks, I was having trouble with the same thing. I tried sewing the sails to the gaffs or the forward stays using a needle but the eye of the needle tore too big of a hole so I had to put the holes further from the edge of the sail and further apart. Didn't look great. Yours look like the perfect solution! Exquisite detail. And Alan, may I ask, what is the edging and reefing lines you have on your sail? Is that glued-on thread, and if so, how do you get it so straight and precise to the edge of the sails?
  5. My second ship I definitely over-reached and tried the same thing as you, detaching the masts and assembling in the bottle. I ended up with a rat's nest that would never be untangled. Not willing to give up on the hundred hours I'd invested, after taking a few months off, I took a hammer to the bottle, rescued the ship, refit her using wire hinges on the masts, found a slightly bigger bottle, and successfully re-launched her. I hope you don't give up on SIBs permanently! Good luck!
  6. Here's my final result, Charlotte Rhodes. I kept an informal log of how much time I spent and what I spent it on. Came out about 54 hours, with 10 spent on the hull, 8 on launching and finishing it in the bottle, 6 on the deck furnishings, 6 on the stand, 5.5 on the mast and spars etc. I actually thought it would have been more like 80 or 90 hours. Did anyone else ever track their hours?
  7. Charlotte Rhodes, adapted from a plan in "Modeling Ships in Bottles" by Jack Needham.
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    It occurred to me that I never finished this build log. Didn't want to leave you all hanging. I'm sure you were on the edge of your seat! I wasn't super happy with the results. But in the interest of sharing our disappointments as well as our triumphs, here it is. I should have spent more time smoothing the hull after I made some design changes, The proportion of the masts wasn't quite right and I think I should have included the topsails. Also, if you're going to make your ship heel, make sure it heels towards the front of the bottle. Otherwise it hides a lot of the deck features and makes it less interesting. On the plus side, I like the way the lighthouse on the bluff looks, and I finally figured out a Turk's Head knot!
  9. I like the way your chain plates are an extension of one of the thin laminated layers of the hull. Looks nice and sturdy!
  10. Colors fade as you get further from them due to scattering from atmospheric interference. While you might only be 5 feet from your model, it should look like you're 1000 feet. I guess that's why they call it scale colo(u)r!
  11. Your level of detail is amazing. When I try to do things at that scale, there are clumsy knots, globs of glue, uneven cuts, etc. Your work is so clean. More practice, I guess!
  12. Your work is nice and clean with great details. Good going!
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    I decided to make a little diorama and have the Asgard sailing around the Baily Light on Howth head on its way into the harbor. I decided I didn't really like the red wire I used to make the gantry and railing, but it was already in the bottle by the time I decided. Oh well...
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    The thread with the painted stripes is meant to represent the gap between the deck and the gunwal that I suppose allows for drainage in heavy seas. See this picture of the actual yacht. Here's my model, almost ready for the bottle.
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    The Asgard is a gaff rigged yacht built around 1908 in Norway for Erskine Childers, English MP and Irish Nationalist executed during the Irish Civil War. The ship was used to run guns into Howth, Ireland in response to the arming of Unionists in 1914. I became interested in the ship because it was a local legend in Howth, where I lived for a few years. I drew up some crude plans from photos I found on line.I carved the hull out of Basswood Decking, gunwale and cockpit built with coffee stirrers Bowsprit, cabin, hatches and helm fashioned and painted Mizzen mast rigged. I tried making hinges to attach the gaff and boom, and it worked fairly well so far, but doesn't look particularly authentic Main mast rigged. I used Thread blocks for the first time, and I'm liking them! A little more work on the hull, I'm using painted wire loops as places to attach the shrouds. Not entirely convinced of that yet. As a beginner, I'm always looking for constructive criticism and ways I can improve, so please don't be shy!
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